St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, left tackle Jake Long, and center Scott Wells are all players returning from season ending injuries last year, and according to ESPN Rams Insider Nick Wagoner, the St. Louis Rams will likely keep them out of Friday’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints.
This is all precautionary as all three have been practicing throughout camp.
“He’s done everything we needed to see right now at practice,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “So he’s going to play in the preseason, this week. But he’ll get plenty of snaps with the starters because he needs to, he needs to get out there and work with Scott and the rest of the guys. But it’s not because he can’t, it’s because it’s our choice; as I have said before I’m really pleased with where he is and what he’s doing. You see every day at practice he’s doing something, that you just go, ‘That’s Sam’, that’s what we expect from him.”
As for Jake Long,
“Jake will not play,” Fisher said. “[He] could play, but we’re not going to play him. I think we’ll probably hold Scott [out] as well.”
Bradford will eventually get some action in the preseason, but the Rams are going to gradually work him in and keep things extra cautious with their franchise quarterback. They will certainly need him in order to take the next step and really can’t afford him to get injured in the preseason.
Long on the other hand is scheduled to play game two or three of the preseason according the St. Louis Post Dispatch, of course anything is subject to change.